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2015: A Milestone Year for Brocade

by Kristina Scott ‎12-04-2015 12:14 PM - edited ‎12-04-2015 12:37 PM (5,129 Views)

Did you know that Brocade turned 20 this year? That’s two decades of pioneering the future of networking technology. To celebrate, let’s take a look back at company milestones happening just over the past year. From launching first-in-kind solutions and extending innovative technology to winning prestigious awards, hiring industry-leading talent and more, here is a brief recap of top 2015 accomplishments.


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Winter 2015

In early 2015, Brocade unveiled the industry’s first network switch designed for IP storage, improving performance, resiliency and agility for New IP workloads.


Shortly after, we completed the acquisition of the SteelApp business unit from Riverbed Technology, strengthening Brocade's software networking portfolio for New IP data center deployments. 


Even further expanding Brocade’s innovative SDN capabilities - in 2015, Brocade attracted numerous Software-Defined Networking all-stars to our employee lineup, due in large part to the companies’ forward thinking network vision, which underscores the importance of software.


Spring 2015

Brocade was busy in April, expanding our network strategy to include the industry's highest 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) port density for any switch in its class to address the ever-increasing volume of user video and wireless traffic that is taxing campus networks.


Later that month, Brocade launched the industry’s first purpose-built storage connectivity portfolio for both data center and disaster recovery applications to help enterprise IT teams manage growth, mitigate risk, and reduce costs.


Then, in April, our channel program was yet again awarded CRN’s top-ranked “5-Star” recognition, a distinction given to those companies who offer the “best partnering elements” to their solution providers. 


Summer 2015

This summer Brocade was named a winner of the Light Reading 2015 Leading Lights awards program in two distinct categories, Most Innovative SDN Product and Best New Product for Mobile, demonstrating the tremendous innovation enabled by the New IP that Brocade is delivering top customers all over the world.


In August, Brocade CEO Lloyd Carney explained to CRN why the transition to open source will be difficult for companies like Cisco, who unlike Brocade, are unable to support the new era of data center networking, which is based around ease of use, automation, software-defined and, most importantly, open architectures.



Fall 2015

In September, Brocade introduced its Open Mobility Solutions Program, ensuring customers that their current, and future, wireless networks will perform well when running on a Brocade wired network infrastructure. 


We were proud to welcome industry sales veteran Pete Peterson to our organization in November, as vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales, leading our channel strategy and go-to-market ecosystem of channel and distribution partners. Peterson brings more than 30 years of sales and leadership experience to Brocade! 


Later in November, Brocade was selected to enable the world's first 100-Gbps Research and Education network link between Asia and the United States. Talk about innovation!


1995 – Today

Since Brocade was founded in 1995, it has challenged conventional thinking about networks and set the pace for new technologies. For instance, in 2010 Brocade unveiled the first Ethernet fabric. Brocade’s Gen 5 Fibre Channel with 16 Gbps was first to market in 2013. Brocade still has the fastest virtual router on the market, downloaded more than 1.5 million times.


Today Brocade, together with our partners, is helping customers transform their networks to the New IP, an industry term for an innovative approach to networking that is software-enabled, user-centric and based on open standards.


We’re excited to see what new innovations 2016 will bring! To learn more about Brocade’s industry leading network technologies making possible the New IP, please visit: